News, views and rumours relating to Manchester City this week.
According to a report in The Independent, Roberto Mancini refused to enter the dressing room after City’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s last weekend.
Mancini reportedly sent a member of his staff to collect him belongings and then promptly flew back to Italy.
Despite last weekend’s defeat The Telegraph reports that Mancini’s job is safe. Some of his stars, however, could face the axe after their poor performances at St Mary’s left their manager livid.
Mancini publicly shamed his players and accused them of complacency in his post-match interview. He said,
"We played maybe with two players. When it is 11 against two, it is difficult to win,” said the Italian.
Mancini has since vowed to make changes for City’s imminent FA Cup fourth round fixture with Leeds United this weekend.
“I am sure we will change things. I only want players who are ready for the fight in the last 12 games,” revealed the City boss.
"Sometimes after a game like Southampton you need a few days to think about what went wrong and why, and then come back stronger and I believe that's what will happen.”
In transfer news, The Mirror are reporting that City intend to smash their transfer record this summer with a £52 million bid for Napoli’s goal-machine Edinson Cavani, along with snatching Celtic’s Victor Wanyama from under Manchester United’s nose.
The report claims that City are planning to embark on a ‘£60 million-plus overhaul’ of their squad.
The Guardian are reporting about the summer’s overhaul, adding names into the mix: Stephan El Shaaraway is another mooted transfer target of Roberto Mancini.
Meanwhile, The Express reports that Real Madrid are ‘sniffing around David Silva’ who they intend to lure away from the Etihad this summer.
The Express are also reporting that City are chasing Bayern Munich hitman Mario Gomez.
Meanwhile Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he would never join Manchester City, having made his name for rivals United.
"I can say it would be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very difficult to play at Manchester City. Very difficult because of Manchester United," said the Madrid maestro.
In other news, Manchester City players and manager Roberto Mancini will record public service announcements that will feature on Manchester trams.
Finally, the Manchester derby to be held at Old Trafford has been moved to Monday April 8 for television purposes.
The match will kick-off at 8pm but could be subject to further changes if Manchester United beat Real Madrid to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champion’s League.
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